Bibliotheca - The Future of the Library

Bibliotheca - The Future of the Library
Wed, 05/08/2013 - 18:00

The main challenge that arises when imagining the future academic library (of the Central European University, CEU) is one of conflicting approaches: how to preserve the traditional features of the library while incorporating the dominance of digital media. The case in question is the design of a learning environment specific to a graduate institution, where core collections need to be preserved, enhanced, and also transformed into open-ended generators of information.

The “Bibliotheca” exhibition aims to engage the CEU community in a discussion about the future library by providing a visual, conceptual and experimental platform of inquiry into the spatial, infrastructural, technological, and practical conditions of academic knowledge production. By recreating a library space within the exhibition space, the physical layout of the library will be opened up for scrutiny as an archeological site, object, and laboratory. Our input to the future design will investigate received assumptions about libraries and the roles of searching, browsing, reading, learning and interaction.

"Bibliotheca" is created in collaboration with students attending the OSA course The Archives of the Living and Dead Things, which explores the epistemologies and strategies of knowledge creation and transmission. The students’ projects are displayed as interlinked case studies,  commentaries and experiments focusing on perceived problems and continuities. On a more specific level, the current CEU library will be documented according to its capacities and limitations catering to the different needs of the CEU community.

Read more about this project on its dedicated website entitled Reflections on the Library.


Opening: 2013. 05.08. / 18:00

Opening remarks by László Kontler, Historian

Curator: Ioana Macrea-Toma

Free entrance: 2013.05.08 – 05.29.


Partner Institutions:

Corvinus University of Budapest Central Library

ELTE University Library

Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library

Central European Univeristy

Nagyházi Gallery and Auction House

National Library of Foreign Literature and Music Collection

National Széchényi Library

Petőfi Literary Museum

Library of the Institute of Political History

Hungarian Intellectual Property Office - Industrial Property Special Library

Szent István University Veterinary Science Library, Museum and Archives

Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Center


Members of the Seminar :


Tess Culp

Júlia Füredi

Adela-Gabriela Hincu

Adrienn Kacsor

Yuriy Koshulap

Ádám Mézes

Julia Michalsky

Shelley Oberer

Katalin Pataki

Alexandra Iuliana Preda

Olha Pushchak

Agne Rimkute

Anna Sugiyama

OSA Archivum / Galeria Centralis - 1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.